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TLRH | The 'Necrotemporalities' of the Contemporary Workplace

Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 4 – 5pm

TLRH | The 'Necrotemporalities' of the Contemporary Workplace

A talk by Dr Anne M. Mulhall (SLLCS TCD) as part of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies Research Seminar Series in association with Trinity Long Room Hub. All webinars take place at 4pm. Presenters speak for a maximum of 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A.


Recent workplace fiction and film has tended to focus on two important themes- time and death. Novels like Delphine de Vigan’s (France, 2009) Les Heures souterainnes, Katrin Röggla’s wir schlafen nicht (Austria, 2004), and films like Corporate (dir. Nicholas Silhol, 2017), all display conjunctions between the two that amount to what she suggests is a new “necrotemporality” of the workplace. Suturing theoretical interventions from Achille Mbembe, Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Timothy Morton and Sarah Waters, all of whom have noted a distinctly sado-thanatological impulse within contemporary politics, life and work, to prevailing philosophical and sociological theories of temporality, such as those of Quentin Meillassoux and Catherine Malabou and Robert Hassan. Her talk will define and explore a new concept of workplace necrotemporality.

Dr Anne M. Mulhall studied and worked at universities in Ireland, UK, the US and Russia before she joined Trinity in 2020 as Government of Ireland Postdoc Research Fellow. She has authored several articles and a monograph on a French journal of philosophy, entitled Tiqqun and the Event: Literature, Philosophy, Politics.

Attendance is open to all with relevant interests inside and outside TCD. Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Image: Pierre Lamalattie "A night in the office" (detail).

Room: Online webinar
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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